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Which spark plug wires?

I'm looking for a reasonably neutral comparison of various brands of spark plug wires (ignition wires). Specifically, I want to know if there are strong advantages over name brands vs Autozone's house brand (Duralast). [more inside]
posted by zippy on Mar 4, 2008 - 8 answers

Should I trade up from Corolla to Impreza?

Thinking about switching my 2005 Corolla hatchback for a 2007 Subaru Impreza sport wagon (non WRX version). Am I nuts? [more inside]
posted by ReiToei on Mar 4, 2008 - 12 answers

Is that a UFO or just some guy in a BMW?

I've noticed that many cars seem to have headlights that change colour depending on angle. Is this deliberate or unintentional, and how do I avoid buying bulbs that do this? [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur on Mar 3, 2008 - 6 answers

Ford Explorer engine woes

CarFilter: identify this part from my car (highlighted in red) -- It started smoking on the way home, and I'm wondering how scared my wallet is feeling. [more inside]
posted by Static Vagabond on Feb 27, 2008 - 15 answers

selling vehicle without title

I've got a vehicle whose title is in the process of being transferred to me. I've got to do the reregistration by mail from Oregon to California. I've had an offer on the vehicle. The potential purchasers say a bill of sale and them putting the vehicle on their insurance is sufficient to let them drive legally. They also mentioned a temporary registration, which I've never heard of. Is this a bad idea, or a practical one to get the car sold now. [more inside]
posted by diode on Feb 27, 2008 - 1 answer

Pontiac Aztek or Ford Focus

Currently I drive a 2000 Ford Focus and looking in to buying a 2001 pontiac aztek for $5700. I need some recommendations on it. [more inside]
posted by WizKid on Feb 26, 2008 - 25 answers

Subaru running in stealth mode. Need help.

What might cause the running lights of a 1992/3 Subaru Legacy to all be out. I can't seem to locate a blown fuse. [more inside]
posted by SECONDHANDSMOTE on Feb 23, 2008 - 4 answers

AskMechanics, please help me diagnose this car problem.

My vehicle has recently started shorting out while it's starting up... help? [more inside]
posted by toomuchpete on Feb 19, 2008 - 5 answers

Can I count on my GPS during an extended blackout?

Say there's another huge blackout like the Northeast had a few years ago, and let's say it lasts two months... Will a GPS unit in my dashboard and powered by my car still be able to connect to the satellites it needs to, to direct me on my way?
posted by CarlRossi on Feb 18, 2008 - 20 answers

Help me pick a used car, econ majors!

How do you determine the sweet spot between price and age/reliability when looking at used cars? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti on Feb 18, 2008 - 22 answers

Thoughts on possible bad gas - the car kind?

Bad Gas, the car kind, I think - advice? [more inside]
posted by rainbaby on Feb 18, 2008 - 11 answers

How do I take on these financial burdens, step by step?

My crappy car was deemed totaled and I'm going to accept the payout and finance a new used car. I'd also like to move into an apartment soon. Step by step, how do I wrangle this plan into fruition? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Feb 15, 2008 - 11 answers

I need a ride!!

Need opinions before I buy a new car... [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Feb 15, 2008 - 12 answers

Mysterious Jetta alarm

My '01 Jetta's alarm keeps going off at my new house, but nowhere else. [more inside]
posted by liet on Feb 14, 2008 - 13 answers

Do any of the various car search sites out there NOT require you to know in advance what make of car you want?

Do any of the various car search sites out there NOT require you to know in advance what make of car you want? [more inside]
posted by ArgentCorvid on Feb 12, 2008 - 11 answers

Have car, will travel one-way

Can I sell my (out-of-state) car in Fairbanks, AK at a day's notice? [more inside]
posted by blindcarboncopy on Feb 11, 2008 - 9 answers

Tell me about remote starters for cars.

Tell me about remote starters for cars. [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape on Feb 10, 2008 - 16 answers

Recommend a garage opener compatible with my BMW.

Recommend a garage opener compatible with my BMW. [more inside]
posted by monkeybutt on Feb 10, 2008 - 2 answers

What other hardware do I need when my stereo is XM Ready?

Car Audio Filter: If I have a Pioneer deck that is "XM ready," what other hardware do I need when subscribing to XM Radio? The more basic, the better. And will I need a professional to connect this stuff to my existing deck? Thanks!
posted by jackypaper on Feb 8, 2008 - 4 answers

iPhone Car Integration

I, like many others, am trying to get the perfect setup for my iPhone in my car. Are there any solutions? [more inside]
posted by jpcody on Feb 5, 2008 - 8 answers

Acceptable payment methods when selling a car

I am trying to sell a car privately and am afraid of getting scammed. What forms of payment should I accept? [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon on Feb 4, 2008 - 35 answers

I was run over, should I take legal action? If so, how?

So I was crossing the street right after work in the crosswalk, on a green walk sign. A cab was making a left turn, ran into me, knocked me down, and then ran over my foot! The worst part was that he stopped ON TOP OF MY FOOT, wth?! So he gets out of the car to check on me and i'm on the ground screaming bloody murder- BACK THE F OFF MY FOOT- pretty funny when i re-tell it now since miraculously (doctor's words) I was spared from any major injury! [more inside]
posted by flaneuse on Feb 1, 2008 - 18 answers

Can you hear me? How about now?

Best Bluetooth speakerphone/car kit? [more inside]
posted by niteHawk on Feb 1, 2008 - 4 answers

My iPhone won't place nice with my car

What is the best way to play hook my iPhone up to my car stereo that doesn't involve the use of a tape adapter or a FM transmitter? [more inside]
posted by aburd on Jan 29, 2008 - 13 answers

heated windscreen troubleshooting

Rear heated windscreen on Ford Fiesta (UK) has stopped working. I've checked the fuses; is there anything else I should try before phoning the garage?
posted by primer_dimer on Jan 28, 2008 - 6 answers

Clutch Problem #2.

Mechanic Question: Even though I just changed the clutch, it still won't start. The starter runs, the flywheel and some of the transmission is turning (I can hear it loud and clear), but it won't fire; it just spins. [more inside]
posted by koeselitz on Jan 26, 2008 - 85 answers

Have iPod. Will travel?

I'd like to start listening to my podcasts in m'car. [more inside]
posted by tcv on Jan 25, 2008 - 12 answers

How can I get Saturn to take this potentially dangerous car off my hands.

Car systems randomly shut down a week and a half after purchasing it. How can I get the dealership to take it back? [more inside]
posted by Becko on Jan 25, 2008 - 8 answers

*crash* Fortunately, we all had insurance. Which one of the three companies gets the claim?

Out of state rental car driver who paid for the Loss Damage Waiver backed in to us. We have his insurance information and claim number, and also reported the incident to our insurance company, which offered to cover damages to the car. We think we'd like to have repairs covered under the rental company's LDW. Do we have the right to choose who should foot the bill? And is this a good choice? [more inside]
posted by truenorth on Jan 24, 2008 - 9 answers

To lease or not to lease ...

Two year lease (new, used or swap) vs. buying a used car with the definite intention of getting rid of it after two years? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch on Jan 24, 2008 - 6 answers

Please help me find a temporary bike rack for my 1993 Saab 900 convertible.

Please help me find a bike rack for my 1993 Saab 900 convertible. [more inside]
posted by sequential on Jan 22, 2008 - 6 answers

Need to help my 9 year old daughter make a toy using two simple machines.

Any ideas for a toy that is made out of two simple machines? [more inside]
posted by burhan on Jan 21, 2008 - 8 answers

are buses really safe without seatbelts?

Is it significantly safer to ride in buses without seat belts than in cars without seat belts? Conventional wisdom says yes (for example, many buses don't even have seat belts, presumably because it's safe enough without them) but is this perception accurate? Sources or statistics are appreciated but not strictly necessary.
posted by lgyre on Jan 21, 2008 - 19 answers

Should I repaint my car?

Should I get my car repainted? I have a '97 Toyota Corolla, dark green. The clear coat on the hood and front bumper is starting to peel pretty badly, though the paint underneath seems okay. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Jan 19, 2008 - 7 answers

Car Wont Start

My Car wont start, It just clicks when i try and eventually stops doing anything! [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Jan 19, 2008 - 22 answers

What's wrong with my car?

Two mechanics have given up. Help me diagnose my car. [more inside]
posted by frobozz on Jan 19, 2008 - 19 answers

How do I remove this parking-deck-drip stain from my car's paint and windshield?

How can I get this parking-deck-drip-residue off of my car's paint and windshield? [more inside]
posted by Askr on Jan 18, 2008 - 7 answers

Looking for a reliable, high-mpg car that's NOT a Civic/Accord

I need to buy a low-mpg, reliable, manual transmission, four-door used car for under $3500. What models should I look at besides Civics and Accords? And do you know of any other major car classified websites besides Cars.com, Carmax, Autotrader, Edmunds, and Craigslist? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Jan 18, 2008 - 22 answers

Help us get our crappy cars fixed.

Where in Chicago can I get the brakes on a '99 VW Jetta and '98 Ford Escort replaced reliably and cheaply? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta on Jan 17, 2008 - 3 answers

How long can I drive a car before turning it over to the insurance company?

Someone hit my car. Their insurance company wants to total it. How long can I drive it before they take it away? [more inside]
posted by tss on Jan 15, 2008 - 21 answers

Am I actually going to get in trouble if I drive this car?

My girlfriend and I are taking a trip. She's 27, I'm 24. We're renting a car in her name. What are the consequences if she doesn't tell Hertz about me, but I drive anyway? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone on Jan 14, 2008 - 23 answers

Help me get my truck fixed up

What should I ask the mechanic to do to get my 1995 truck running smoother again? [more inside]
posted by Mid on Jan 13, 2008 - 10 answers

Primp my car

Austin/SubaruFilter. I'm in Austin TX and drive a Subaru. It's time for its 30,000-mile tune-up, and it probably needs some work. Obviously I could take it to the dealer, but I'm wondering if anyone has a recommendation for a local shop, particularly one specializing in Subarus.
posted by adamrice on Jan 11, 2008 - 5 answers

Where do my car and I belong?

Help me figure out what to do about my driver's license and my car's tag & title (mainly FL but also GA). [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 on Jan 11, 2008 - 1 answer

cheap car transport method?

Hi. I have have a sticky problem I hope some can give me a few suggestions about. My 21-year-old nephew is trying to find an economical way to transport his (not running) car from Twentynine Palms, CA to Albuquerque, NM. [more inside]
posted by annsunny on Jan 11, 2008 - 14 answers

Car accident. "I will write a cheque" turned into "Who are you?"

Car accident in Sept. Swapped info; didn't call police. Now the guy who hit us has never heard of us. What can I reasonably expect? [more inside]
posted by kmennie on Jan 9, 2008 - 12 answers

Minnesota Sales Tax on a Gifted Vehicle

Did I have to may Minnesota sales tax on the car my mom gave me? [more inside]
posted by Coffeemate on Jan 7, 2008 - 5 answers

Weee-Waaah-Weeee-Waaaah

CopFilter: In TV shows and movies cops (usually homicide detectives) often have lights and siren installed in their personal cars. Doe this really happen? [more inside]
posted by sycophant on Jan 7, 2008 - 15 answers

Historical car pricing.

Are there any websites that compile historical MSRPs for cars? Like if I wanted to know how much a dude had to pay for a new Camaro in 1979. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Jan 4, 2008 - 3 answers

flip down tailgate or bust!

Is there a newish station wagon with a flip-down tailgate? [more inside]
posted by Four Flavors on Jan 3, 2008 - 6 answers

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